Hull remembers Amy Johnson on 75th anniversary of death

Published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 by KCFM

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A number of events took place in Hull on Tuesday (January 5) to mark the 75th anniversary of Amy Johnson’s death.

The Hull pilot became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930 and set a string of other records throughout her career. She died in 1941 when her plane crashed in the Thames Estuary.

Rick Welton, director of the Amy Johnson Festival, which takes part from July 1 to September 6 this year, insists it is important that the people of Hull celebrate her achievements.

He said: “Amy had this dream of being able to fly around the world and be an aviator; and she just about succeeded in that, but she was also an engineer. I think a lot of young people now are looking at engineering as a future career and there’s a real role model in Amy about the future of engineering in the city.”

Mr Welton added: “It (the Amy Johnson Festival) is going to be a popular festival which will be engaging anybody with interests in the arts and culture but also in engineering and flight. There’ll be various things around modelling and invention going on. So it’s very much a festival for all people of all times.”

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Published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 by KCFM

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